Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Colorado won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, June 15
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Game 2: Saturday, June 16
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Game 3: Sunday, June 17
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Devil Rays 7

(30-37, 13-18 away)

Rockies 4

(35-34, 18-18 home)

    3:05 PM ET, June 17, 2007

    Coors Field, Denver, Colorado 

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    TB 020013010 7 15 0
    COL 111000010 4 8 0

    W: S. Kazmir (5-3)

    L: A. Cook (4-4)

    S: A. Reyes (16)

    Gomes' pair of home runs end Rockies' win streak

    A CLOSER LOOK
    • Summary: Jonny Gomes hit a pair of two-run homers and Carlos Pena's solo home run hit the third deck at Coors Field as the D-Rays snapped a four-game losing streak. Pena's home run was the 27th homer at Coors Field to reach the third deck and the first since Todd Helton accomplished the feat on July 7, 2005.

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    • Streak rolls on: Ty Wigginton was 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and scored once, extending his hit streak to 11 games.

    • Comeback kings: Tampa Bay trailed 3-2 before rallying for its MLB-leading 21st come-from-behind victory.

    • Movin' up: Tampa Bay's Scott Kazmir pitched six innings, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out five to earn the win. He moved up the D-Rays' all-time win list with his 26th career win, tying Albie Lopez and Esteban Yan for second place. Victor Zambrano leads with 35 wins.

    • Quotable: "Jonny wants to play every day. I believe he's the kind of player and the kind of guy we're looking for. He brings a lot of energy." -- Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon

    -- ESPN.com news services

    Devil Rays 7, Rockies 4

    DENVER (AP) -- Joe Maddon called Carlos Pena's monster shot into the third deck at Coors Field "prodigious."

    The usually eloquent Pena couldn't come up with a better word than "blast."

    But Pena cried foul following Tampa Bay's 7-4 win over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.

    "He had time," Pena said with a grin, adding that his manager probably went on the computer and looked up the word prodigious.

    Maddon definitely had time to think of the perfect word choice after being tossed from the game in the seventh inning by home-plate umpire Ted Barrett for arguing a checked swing call.

    Maddon even claimed he called Pena's home run, which was just the 27th homer at Coors Field to reach the third deck in right and first since a ball hit by Todd Helton on July 7, 2005.

    "I did call it," Maddon said. "I said, 'He's going upper tank today."

    Jonny Gomes vouched for his manager. However, Gomes said it was called earlier in the game, not before Pena hit it in the sixth.

    "He said it in the first inning," Gomes said. "And sure enough."

    Gomes marveled at Pena's 452-foot blast, and Gomes also did damage with his bat, hitting a pair of two-run homers Sunday.

    Gomes had quite the three-game series, going 7-for-11 with two doubles and two homers.

    He definitely got Maddon's attention.

    "Jonny wants to play every day," Maddon said. "I believe he's the kind of player and the kind of guy we're looking for. He brings a lot of energy."

    Gomes doesn't think he's won anything yet, especially an every day job.

    "This is tryout what number this year?" said Gomes, who was called back up from Triple-A Durham last Thursday. "I've got to keep going. A guy on a mission -- that's what you've got to be to stay up here."

    Gomes had the fourth multi-homer game of his career and first since June 11 of last season against Kansas City. Gomes, who now has four homers this season, finished Sunday with three hits and four RBIs.

    Ty Wigginton extended his hitting streak to 11 games with two doubles and a single and Carl Crawford had four singles for the Devil Rays, who snapped a four-game losing streak.

    The loss ended the Rockies' four-game winning streak and a bid for their first sweep at home this season.

    Scott Kazmir (5-3) moved up the Devil Rays' all-time win list with his 26th career win, tying Albie Lopez and Esteban Yan for second place. Victor Zambrano leads with 35 wins.

    Kazmir went six innings, giving up three runs and six hits. He also had his first major-league hit and RBI when he lined a single to left in the fifth to tie the score at 3.

    He was beaming about the hit after the game. Kazmir borrowed a bat from B.J. Upton, but won't be able to return it since he cracked it on the bloop single.

    "I'm going to have to get (another bat) for him," Kazmir said.

    Aaron Cook (4-4) lost for the third time in four starts. He gave up 10 hits and a season-high six runs.

    "I had trouble commanding my pitches," Cook said. "You leave pitches up in the zone, they get hit hard."

    The Devil Rays rallied for a win for the 21st time this season, the most come-from-behind victories in the majors. The Rays trailed 3-2 before scoring a run in the fifth and three more in the sixth to take the lead.

    "It's nice after they kicked us twice to come back and beat them like we did," Maddon said.

    Matt Holliday walked twice and had two hits, including his 12th homer of the season. He leads the majors with 102 hits.

    Brad Hawpe hit his 12th homer of the season in the eighth, a solo shot to right. Hawpe has now hit homers in three straight games.

    Kaz Matsui knocked his second homer of the season, a solo shot to left in the first inning. It was his first homer from the right side of the plate since May 23, 2004, while he was with the New York Mets. That homer came against the Rockies.

    As Maddon sat behind his desk, he couldn't stop grinning over the fact he called Pena's mammoth shot. Asked if his predictions always come true, Maddon laughed.

    "I'm right all the time," he said.

    Game notes


    Atkins has reached base on a walk or hit in 18 straight games. ... Reyes extended the club record with his 16th straight save. ... The Rockies have now won five straight series, which ties a club record. ... The Rays and Rockies combined for 14 homers at Coors, the most in a series this season. ... It's the first time Maddon's been ejected this season.

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